Winter Weather Conditions
Wintry weather, including snow, is possible at Newcastle Airport over the next few months. We will work hard at Newcastle Airport to minimise disruption for all passengers.
Visit our arrivals and departures page for the latest flight information. Please note that unless advised otherwise by your airline, you should come to the airport and check in as normal.
Your airline or tour operator will decide whether or not to operate your flight. This decision depends on a number of factors including the conditions at the departure and/or destination airport.
If you have concerns about your flight, please contact your airline directly.
You should plan your travel to the airport carefully and allow extra time for your journey. Be sure to check the latest traffic and travel information before setting off.
Newcastle Airport has a dedicated snow team to deal with winter weather. During the winter they work 24 hours a day to keep the runway open. This involves operating snow ploughs, show blowers, snow cutters and de-icing vehicles.
When snow builds up, the team is sent out to clear and de-ice the runway to ensure that it is useable by all aircraft. While the team is operating, planes cannot use the runway – this may result in delays to arrivals and departures.
- Heavy duty snow ploughs are used to push thick snow to the edge of the runway.
- Snow cutters follow the snow ploughs, dispersing the snow banks from the runway edges.
- Snow blowers are used to clear any remaining snow that has accumulated following the work of the ploughs and cutters.
- De-icing vehicles follow behind on the cleared runway to prevent ice forming.
- Smaller brush/plough vehicles are used on the aircraft apron specifically to clear passenger walkways.
The snow team is assembled in July to begin training on all operational equipment ensuring maximum flexibility amongst all members. The snow team consists of 45 members of staff on call for 24 hours a day for five months of the year.
A full time maintenance team of fitters and engineers is on site for all snow vehicles to assist the 24 hour operation.
See the gallery below for images of the snow team in operation.